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Emporis

Emporis GmbH is a real estate data mining company with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. The company publishes data and photographs of buildings worldwide. Emporis offers a variety of information on its public database, Emporis.com, located at www.emporis.com. Emporis is cited by various media sources as an authority on building data. Emporis focused on high-rise buildings and skyscrapers, which it defines as buildings "between 35 and 100 metres" tall and "at least 100 metres tall", respectively. Emporis uses the point. Today, the database has expanded to include other structures, it uses a point system to rank skylines. Michael Wutzke started a website about skyscrapers in Frankfurt in 1996. In 2000 he started skyscrapers.com, folded into Emporis in 2003. In 2004, Stephan R. Boehm assumed the role of Chairman. Wutzke was managing director until 2010, when he left the company. Since Daniel Grözinger and Sven Schmidt are managing directors at EmporisIn 2005 Emporis formed a partnership with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, under which Emporis served as the official CTBUH high-rise buildings database until the launch of The Skyscraper Center in 2011.

In 2007 venture capital firm Neuhaus Partners and KfW Bankengruppe invested several million euro in the company. Effective January 1, 2009, the company moved its headquarters from Darmstadt to Frankfurt. In 2011, the company moved from Frankfurt to Hamburg. See: Emporis Skyscraper Award. In 2000 a group of Emporis senior editors began presenting the Emporis Skyscraper Award. Eligible buildings are selected from a list of all buildings in the world at least 100 meters tall which were completed that year. SkyscraperPage Structurae Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Emporis.com

Wang Daiyu

Wáng Dàiyú was a Chinese Muslim scholar of Arab descent. His given name was style name Daiyu, he went by his style name. His earliest ancestor in the early Ming period came to China in the retinue of a Tributary Emissary from the West; because he was adept at the art of astronomy and calculating calendars, he held the office of Master Supervisor of the Imperial Observatory, was granted a residence in Lu Fei Lane in Nanjing. His descendants followed in this field; as a child, Wang Daiyu learned from his father. He studied under Ma Junshi from Nanjing. At the age of 20, he began studying Chinese and an intensive investigation of the writings of Confucianism, Daoism, as well as other miscellaneous teachings. In the fifteenth year of the reign of the Chongzhen Emperor, he made a translation of Zhengjiao Zhenquan, in twenty "juan", began the enterprise of translating the Islamic scriptures into Chinese, he wrote Qingzhen Da Xue and Xizhen Zhengda. Within Chinese Islamic circles, he is known by the laudatory title, "Great Saint of the Qing Period."

Wang believed in providing Islamic works in Chinese-language versions instead of depending upon Arabic ones. Wang was fluent in Chinese and Persian He studied Confucianism extensively and used it to explain Islam. Wang wrote "The Real Commentary", in which he uses Chinese Classical texts to explain Islam, since Chinese speakers couldn't read original Islamic texts in other languages, he is most critical of Buddhism and Taoism, while citing Confucian ideas which agreed with Islam in order to explain it. Wang wrote about Islam in the Chinese language and in a Confucian context, not to convert non Muslim Chinese to Islam, but to help Muslims in China understand Islam, since the majority of them spoke Chinese at his time. Wang used the Chinese language and Confucianism to explain Islam to non Muslim Han Chinese in addition to Muslims. Wang Daiyu's works became part of the Chinese Islamic text the Han Kitab, along with other Muslim scholars from eastern China like Liu Zhi, Ma Zhu. 王岱輿 CDSIA

Fish Creek Provincial Park

Fish Creek Park is a provincial park that preserves the valley of Fish Creek in the southern part of Calgary, Canada. It is bordered on three sides by the city, on the west by the territory of the Tsuu T’ina Nation, a First Nation. Much of the park remains in a forested state. Fish Creek flows throughout its length, joining the Bow River at the park's east side, there is an artificial lake that offers swimming. With more than 100 kilometres of paved and unpaved trails, the park is a popular area for hiking and biking, as well as for picnicking, swimming and observing wildlife. Fish Creek Park is the second largest urban park in Canada after Rouge National Urban Park in the Greater Toronto Area, followed by Pippy Park in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, it is one of the largest urban parks in North America, stretching 19 km from east to west. With an area of 13.48 km2, it is more than three times the size of Vancouver's Stanley Park. Fish Creek Park features more than 100 kilometres of trails for walking and biking, of which more than 60 kilometres are paved.

These trails connect the park to Calgary's extensive pathway system, the Trans Canada Trail passes through the park along the Bow River. Facilities at the park include a visitor centre, an environmental learning centre, picnic shelters, group day-use areas, a restaurant, concession stands, the Sikome Lake Aquatic Centre, a boat launch at the Bow River, the Mackenzie Meadows Golf Course. Swimming is permitted at Sikome Lake, fishing is permitted in Fish Creek and the Bow River. Much of the park is forested and is home to a variety of natural wildlife, including deer, coyotes and beavers, as well as several species of garter snakes and frogs. More than 200 bird species have been seen in the park, including great blue herons; the Fish Creek valley was formed at the end of the last Ice Age, carved by meltwater from retreating glaciers in the mountains to the west. Fish Creek itself is now an underfit stream; the bedrock exposed in the lower parts of the valley consists of sandstones and mudstones of Paleocene age.

They belong to the upper part of the Willow Creek Formation, the overlying Porcupine Hills Formation. The unconsolidated sediments that overlie the bedrock are exposed in some of the cliffs along the upper edges of the valley, they may include glacial till at the base, overlain by post-glacial stream deposits and paleosols, topped by recent soil horizons. The Mazama Ash, a layer of white volcanic ash a few centimetres thick, can be seen within these sediments in a few places; the Mazama Ash was produced during the eruption. It was spread to the north and east by the prevailing winds, remnants of it have been identified as far east as the Greenland ice sheet; as a result of the heavy rains and floods experienced by Alberta in June 2005, half of the park's trails were washed away, the other half damaged. Seven pedestrian bridges over the Fish Creek were destroyed and seven others were rendered unsafe; the park reopened in September 2007 following the construction of new bridges and a redesigned pathway system.

The park's location and city growth in the south poses problems for city planners. Limited points exist to build roadways across the park. Three arteries, plus a C-Train rapid transit line, exist to connect the southern portions of the city with the north; this results in frequent rush hour traffic delays as the traffic bottle necks. A long-proposed southwest extension of Sarcee Trail is expected to alleviate these bottlenecks, as is the 2013 completion of the southeastern leg of the Stoney Trail freeway; the Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society is a non-profit, volunteer society that delivers programs such as trail maintenance, courses such as bird watching, events such as the Ghost Tour and activities such as park tours throughout the year to help create informed users and preserve the ecological integrity of the park. They provide Wellness programs such as Yoga, Guided Meditation and Running Clinics to help people relax and reconnect with nature in Fish Creek, their office is located in the cookhouse near the Bow Valley Visitor Center.

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